Student Resources

Office of Research and Grants


Medical Student Research Activity Registration

All medical students must register their research projects/activity with the Heritage College Office of Research and Grants prior to beginning the project.  Registration can be completed at

Medical Student Research Seed Funding Grants

Medical Student Research Seed Funding Grants (Seed Funding Grants) are intended to provide support for medical students to gain experience in research methodologies and conduct.  The maximum award is $3,000 and all funding will be awarded on a competitive basis.  The Call for Proposals is currently closed.

Guidelines and Application Amendment Request

Medical Student Travel Awards

Medical Student Travel Awards will support conference travel, up to $500 for domestic travel and up to $750 for international travel, to present research findings.  Students must be first author on the research poster/presentation.  The awards are limited to one per fiscal year (July 1-June 30), per student.  Awards are granted based on availability of funds and at the discretion of the Office of Research and Grants.  The Call for Proposals is currently closed.

Guidelines and Application (PDF)

Biostatistical Assistance 

Biostatistical assistance is available to Heritage College faculty, staff, and students in the areas of statistical and data analyses, research design methods and hypotheses testing. Assistance is provided for statistics sections of grant proposals and manuscripts.

Submit a Request for Statistical Assistance

Research Seminars

Information regarding research seminars occuring throughout the Heritage College and Ohio University is available on the Research Seminars page.  Additionally, Heritage College faculty, staff and students are encouraged to nominate speakers for the Office of Research and Grants Seminar Series.

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Research Poster Resources

Research Poster Guide for Medical Students Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Research Poster Templates Request for Services:  Poster Printing

Research for Academic Credit

The following research course syllabi are available for review on the student rotation syllabi page. Contact the Office of Research and Grants with questions or for more information.

OCOM 8941 Scholarly Work

OCOM 8940 Introduction to Research
OCOM 8942 Critical Literture Review
OCOM 8943 Case-Based Study
OCOM 8944 Retrospective, Prospective, Meta-Analysis

Rotation Syllabi

Eli Lilly Medical Student Rotation 

Heritage College medical students have an exciting opportunity to participate in the  Medical Student Elective Rotation Program  at Eli Lilly and Co. in Indianapolis, IN. The Heritage College is one of only four medical schools with an exclusive agreement to provide this opportunity to its students!  The Rotation Brochure and the Processes and Expectations documents provide more information about the rotation structure and application procedures. 

  Eli Lilly Rotation Brochure

Processes and Expectations

Non-Credit Research 

Students who wish to pursue research or scholarly activities but who do not seek dedicated time or academic credit should contact the Office of Reseach and Grants for guidance.  

Research and Scholarly Advancement Fellowship (RSAF)

RSAF is a summer fellowship program that provides an introduction to scholarly work for osteopathic medical students working together with a member of the Heritage College faculty or affiliate.

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Summer Research Opportunities

Many research and scholarly opportunities exist for medical students between years 1 and 2.  A list of opportunities can be accessed using the button below. Students may also find summer research opportunities by conducting their own search.

The  Summer Research Experience Application and Approval Guide provides a detailed step-by-step process for receiving Heritage College approval for your summer research experience and ensures professional and general liability insurance coverage during the summer. Office of Research and Grants approval is required by all students conducting research in the summer regardless of where the research activities are taking place. Failure to obtain approval from the Office of Research and Grants could result in your inability to publish or present your work at a conference and could result in a Professionalism Form due to disregard of policies and procedures.

Students participating in research activities must complete a Summer Research Experience Approval Form.    The submission of this form STARTS  the approval process and notifies the Office of Research and Grants of your intent to conduct research during the summer. Students will work with the Office of Research and Grants staff to complete all required paperwork and obtain Ohio University Office of Research Compliance approval as needed.

Summer Research Experience Approval Forms are DUE APRIL 15.

Summer Research Experience Approval Form Summer Research Opportunities List

For   additional information about RESEARCH EXPERIENCES contact:
Karen Collins, MPA, Program Manager
Office of Research and Grants 
Irvine Hall 221
Phone: 740.593.2322  Email:

Training for Human Subject Protection

Each research team member, including students, must complete human subject protection training. A faculty or staff member who has HIPAA training or prior research experience is still required to complete the human subject protection training.

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Rural and Underserved Programs Medical Education Research

The Office of Rural and Underserved Programs has a funding mechanism for proposals for Medical Education Research.  Visit the link below for additional details and proposal deadlines.

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Global Health Initiative

The Heritage College offers a number of international programs to promote multicultural awareness and to involve students, faculty and staff in research, education and outreach activities abroad.

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Clinical & Translational Research Unit

Learn about clinical research being conducted at the Heritage College.

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